Mr. Swallow: Houdini
Soho Theatre on Demand, until 20 May
In this 2016 Fringe hit, Nick Mohammed’s camp comedic creation Mr. Swallow pays homage to Harry Houdini by recreating his legendary underwater escape. This faux-musical also stars acclaimed comics Kieran Hodgson and David Elms, and is densely packed with genuinely impressive magic, hilarious comedy, and fantastic musical numbers. It costs £4 and all profits go to charities supporting those affected by the current crisis — so it’s definitely worth it.
Secret Artists with Annie McGrath
This podcast features comic and painter Annie McGrath discussing art with a guest as they draw or paint together. The result is usually light and silly — but occasionally delves deeper into more philosophical territory – as they talk about art and the process of creating it. Past guests have included Lou Sanders, Phil Wang, Alex Horne and Lolly Adefope. Mae Martin’s episode is a particular highlight!
Isolation Song Contest
After this year’s Eurovision was cancelled, comedian Tom Taylor put together a replacement; the Isolation Song Contest, featuring big names from the world of comedy, drag, and cabaret. Fourteen contestants were randomly assigned countries and given just one week to compose their Eurovision-style entry and film a music video in lockdown. Entrants include Mel Giedroyc, Tim Vine and Divina de Campo — plus there’s an incredible list of special guests from Clare Balding to Sir Cliff Richard!
Live from Lockdown
Following the cancellation of Machynlleth Comedy Festival, BBC Wales commissioned a series of radio specials from this hugely influential event. This episode, ‘Live from Lockdown’, is a comedy cabaret show recorded entirely in lockdown on smartphones and laptops.
Hosted by Kiri Pritchard-McLean, it has sketches from Tarot, poems from Tim Key, songs from Carys Eleri, and stand-up from Shrill star Lolly Adefope and Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jordan Brookes.
On Demand, All 4
Earlier this year, Channel 4 released all nine seasons of Seinfeld for free on All 4. Described by The Guardian as ‘the greatest US sitcom ever written’, Seinfeld has had a huge impact on comedy and wider pop culture. Whether you’ve watched it before and are keen for some 90s nostalgia — or have, like me, (embarrassingly) always been meaning to watch it, now’s your chance!
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Each week, comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their magical restaurant to choose their dream meal. Guests so far have included Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Richard Osman — plus comedians Katherine Ryan, Catherine Cohen and Nish Kumar.
The hosts invite their guest to choose their ultimate starter, main course and dessert — questioning how each dish came to be their choice, revealing evocative and funny anecdotes. Check out this week’s episode, which features Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman.
The show must go on(line)
Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.
As a charity, we rely on ticket sales for a huge chunk of our income. But now they’ve stopped. And it's a huge worry to us, and the people we work with. We all need the escape of art and culture; it can inspire and unite us. So please – if you can afford to – consider a donation to the Southbank Centre today, to help us be there for you in the future.